June 16, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's track and field coach Jerry Clayton announced Monday (June 16) that Alex Gibby, the cross country coach and long distance mentor, will not return to the Wolverine program next season. Gibby spent four seasons as U-M men's cross country head coach and men's track and field assistant coach.
"We appreciate all that Alex did for the Michigan cross country and track programs," said Clayton.
Under Gibby's direction, the cross country program recorded a pair of Big Ten Conference runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013 as well as the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Region team title. The Wolverines also qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships as a team in each season from 2011-13, finishing in the top 25 on all three occasions. Individually, he led 10 harriers to All-Big Ten accolades, including two first-team performers. At the 2013 national championships, he helped produce Michigan's first NCAA All-American since 2004.
On the track, Gibby guided 14 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, two to the NCAA Indoor Championships and five to NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances. In addition to two NCAA outdoor first-team All-Americans, Gibby produced one Big Ten individual champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Under Gibby's guidance, 21 cross country student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and one runner was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V first team.
Michigan will begin a search for a new cross country and middle/long distance coach.
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